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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: 2 Kings

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FRAMEWORKS: 2 Kings 20: Hezekiah's Illness & Pride

 

v.1 Hezekiah has a terminal illness

v.2,3 Hezekiah appeals to the Lord

v.5-6 The Lord extends his life by fifteen years

v.7-11 Isaiah provides a sign

v.12-15 Hezekiah shows off to Envoys From Babylon

v.16-18 The Lord warn through Isaiah of coming exile

v.19-21 Concluding Hezekiah

 

v.1 Hezekiah has a terminal illness

 

PROPHECY

v.1 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” 

 

[Notes: Hezekiah appears to be dying and Isaiah conforms that will be so.]

 

 

v.2,3 Hezekiah appeals to the Lord

 

v.2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 

v.3 “Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 

 

[Notes: The king demonstrates spiritual wisdom as, in humility, he calls on the Lord.]

 

 

v.5-6 The Lord extends his life by fifteen years

 

v.4 Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: 

PROPHECY

v.5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. 

v.6 I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.'” 

 

[Notes: The prophet has barely left when the Lord's word comes, that the Lord is sparing Hezekiah's life and will give him another 15 years of life.]

 

 

v.7-11 Isaiah provides a sign

 

v.7 Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered. 

v.8 Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the LORD on the third day from now?” 

v.9  Isaiah answered, “This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?” 

v.10 “It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.” 

v.11 Then the prophet Isaiah called on the LORD, and the LORD made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.

 

[Notes: The prophet ministers to the king and Hezekiah asks for a sign which the Lord graciously grants.]

 

 

v.12-15 Hezekiah shows off to Envoys From Babylon

 

v.12 At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of Hezekiah's illness. 

v.13 Hezekiah received the envoys and showed them all that was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine olive oil—his armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them. 

v.14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?” “From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came from Babylon.” 

v.15 The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?” “They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.” 

 

[Notes: Despite his close encounter with death, Hezekiah has not learnt and when an emissary from Babylon comes with gifts, he shows off and shows them all he has. Isaiah questions him about what has occurred.]

 

 

v.16-18 The Lord warns through Isaiah of coming exile

 

v.16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD: 

PROPHECY

v.17 The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD. 

v.18 And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 

 

[Notes: Isaiah warns prophetically of a destruction that WILL come on Jerusalem in the days of some of Hezekiah's descendants. All his present glory will be gone.]

 

 

v.19-21 Concluding Hezekiah

 

v.19 “The word of the LORD you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?” 

v.20 As for the other events of Hezekiah's reign, all his achievements and how he made the pool and the tunnel by which he brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 

v.21 Hezekiah rested with his ancestors. And Manasseh his son succeeded him as king.

 

[Notes: The king accepts the word because it doesn't appear to affect him directly. When he eventually dies, Manasseh his son becomes king.]

  

  

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